I returned from an overnight trip to find the Lima River turned into a raging torrent. Heavy rainfall and melting snow have sent huge amounts of water down the river. The level of the water went from about 1.5metres to 4.7 last night. It has dropped a bit today but it is still rushing past my window carrying logs and other debris with it.
I hope the high water doesn’t cause damage.
Wow never seen so much water in the Lima. Great pictures and video, thanks for all the time and effort.
It happens from time to time when we have lots of rain. I like to stand at my window where I am warm and safe to watch it.
Your images of my favorite place in Italy helps me get through these times. We spent two summers In Chifenti. We’ve walked the same places that you post. Thank you.
It is a lovely corner of the world. I hope you can come back one day.
Does damage happen often to the housing right next to the river? It looks so close…
The houses beside the river are high above it. I am not aware of any damage.
Thanks Debra! We have our eye on property and want a heads up on any hidden issues…good to know!
My house is one of those right on the river. We bought in 2003 and I have seen the river higher than this but nowhere near our house.
It’s raging. Stay safe, dry and warm!
I’m fine standing at the window watching the river roaring past.
It is beautiful to see the Lima carrying so much water. The river is really called Torrente Lima, which gives us an idea of its characteristics. It also used to carry far much more water in the past, which was used to operate mills and other industries with its water. Nowadays, the mill at our place could not operate due to insufficient water. And for those fearing the levels, nothing to worry about. Our place has been standing for many centuries without problems. On the XVIII century, the Ponte Vecchio across the river disappeared, but it was a flimsy construction used to carry grain and chestnuts to the mill. It was replaced by the Ponte Nuovo, a solid one, that crosses the river about 150 m from its old location and takes you to the Post Office and The Town Hall. No problems with the old buildings along the river. They are solid as they have been built on bedrock.
Yes, our house seems to be built on solid rock. I admit to enjoying watching the river with this much water, as long as there is no damage. This winter has been very wet so far, with lots of snow in the mountains around us.
Wow, that was a very big rise in a short space of time and it’s an impressive flow. I’m glad you’re high and dry – and warm
The water rises quickly when we have heavy rain. It is a big contrast to the low levels in summer.
Seen the Lima like that it remind on the 60ths with my father, he was the gardener of villa Fiori, we found a cove where the water wasn’t so strong, and my father been opportunist we got a net (bilancia) and we start fishing we end up up with a bucket e bucket full of all kind of fishes . Fish for diner for weeks. Nice memory
That is a lovely memory! My friend had the house that once was the stable for Villa Fiori and I know the gardener’s house.
Thank you for sharing your story.
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Lovely to visit with you again, Debra. I thought when Frank mentioned Bagni di Lucca that this might be you 🙂 🙂
I have been in Italy since last February, because of covid. Australia is making it difficult to get home. There are worse places to be stuck.